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by Thomas J. Cottle - November 30, 2012

An interview with a young adolescent in jail for selling drugs, reveals the complex interactions among his background, the trauma of witnessing his father's murder, and how he came to "learn" just how unintelligent he was and how unsuccessful he was destined to become. He speaks about his country, culture, and family, and offers perspectives on justice, violence, and a failed educational history.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: November 30, 2012
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 16954, Date Accessed: 7/27/2021 6:04:53 PM

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  • Thomas Cottle
    Boston University
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    THOMAS COTTLE is Professor of Education in the School of Education at Boston University. His books include At Peril: Stories of Injustice; A Sense of Self: The Work of Affirmation; and Hardest Times: The Trauma of Long-Term Unemployment.
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